Economic Development

Summit survey results

November 1st, 2017|

—Cam Suttles

Optimism with a realistic view of the work ahead

After the recent Arts and Culture Summit, we surveyed participants to learn a bit about what people think may be the path forward. The Summit’s theme was arts infrastructure north of the Columbia, with a focus on downtown Vancouver in particular because of its potential as […]

What we learned at the summit

October 5th, 2017|

—Cam Suttles

Last week’s Arts and Culture Summit was, in some ways, an indicator of our community’s readiness for investment in arts infrastructure. The big take-away for us is that we remain optimistic but have much work to do. It’s clear that for Vancouver and Clark County, there are both awesome opportunities and stubborn challenges.

At last […]

Summit to focus on “Creating space for the arts”

August 31st, 2017|

Registration is now open for Arts of Clark County’s second Arts and Culture summit to be held on Saturday, September 23, at the Artillery Barracks building at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Those wishing to attend the all-day event may register for $35 per person.

Like the first summit, held in 2012, this will be […]

Ingredients for a Certified Creative District

August 4th, 2017|

We were so delighted last week to have Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) Executive Director Karen Hanan stop by Vancouver for a visit. She had a whirlwind tour with local leaders, catching up on arts initiatives here and also sharing her vision for the certified creative district program now passed into law. (On May 8, […]

8 reasons to be optimistic

July 5th, 2017|

In trying to understand what’s possible, we at Arts of Clark County have been looking at what other cities have done, and we’ve met and talked with arts leaders there. We’ve revisited the past—the jumbled mix of fleeting efforts and false starts that has been our community’s history with the arts. And we’ve come away […]

Building an art center that works

May 30th, 2017|

Not an arts center—an art center. We need both in our community.

An economically viable visual art center that fulfills the need for exhibition space, studios, and classrooms has been a topic of conversation in Vancouver for decades. Past attempts and plans often patched a visual art component on to a performing arts facility. This can […]

Other cities our size are building arts centers

May 2nd, 2017|

Across the country, cities of Vancouver’s size (or much smaller), close to larger urban centers, are opening performing arts and visual arts centers.

Satellite cities like Lone Tree and Parker outside of Denver, now each have their own performing arts centers successfully cultivating audiences in their local communities. And rather than competing with existing venues, these […]

Planning underway for second Arts and Culture Summit

April 4th, 2017|

In March 2012, we held the first Clark County Arts and Culture Summit, a gathering of arts organizations, business leaders, local representatives, and individuals wanting to see a greater focus on the arts in our community. Now, five years later, we are planning our second summit on September 23 in the Artillery Building at the […]

Plugging into Olympia

March 1st, 2017|

In last month’s issue of ARTS brief, we talked about a tremendous opportunity we have in Vancouver to build our arts infrastructure, meeting real needs, fueling our economy and bolstering our community’s identity. The key is connecting the right people and resources to make something happen.

We took a small step in that direction February […]

Fort Vancouver: A potential catalyst for the arts?

February 3rd, 2017|

In the vast arts ecosystem that reaches across the river to Portland and beyond, Vancouver holds an untapped opportunity that could be a game-changer for our community and our economy.

The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site includes a “campus” of army barracks buildings in need of redevelopment by tenants willing to provide a public benefit aligned […]